Responding to Requests for Evidence/ Notices of Intent to Deny
If immigration needs more information to issue a decision, you can expect to receive a letter called a Request for Evidence (RFE). An RFE is not necessarily a negative indicator in your case, but it is critical to reply as soon as possible with the evidence USCIS is requesting to avoid unnecessary delays and make sure your application is complete. RFEs typically offer the applicant and/or petitioner a period of 87 days to reply. If you receive an RFE and are unsure about how to respond, an experienced immigration attorney can help you put together a careful and complete response.
If USCIS plans to issue an adverse decision in your case, you may receive a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID). These notices can be stressful to receive, as they indicate that your case may not have a favorable outcome. However, receiving a NOID is not necessarily the end of your immigration story. An expert immigration attorney may be able to reply to the NOID and convince USCIS to grant your application after all.